Motorola XOOM To Launch At DSGi & Carphone Warehouse

Motorola Mobility has announced today that it will launch the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM in the UK at Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy & DSGi, hinting at a sales strategy focused on retail rather than through mobile phone operators, at least initially.

This contrasts with Germany where Deutsche Telekom has been enlisted and Verizon Wireless in the US and could be down to Google's attempt to crack open the retail market for reference products like the Google Nexus S and the XOOM.

That could also mean that T-Mobile and Vodafone may sell the XOOM in the UK in a near future. The device will go on sale in selected territories in the second quarter of 2011.

The XOOM is the first tablet to offer the Android 3.0 and has been released at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas last month.

It has a 10-inch 1280x800 pixels screen with an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, HDMI out, a five-megapixel rear facing camera, a 2-megapixel front facing one, four sensors plus Android Honeycomb.

The Xoom is one of a number of tablets that have been announced or presented at the Mobile World Congress this year; others include the HTC Flyer, the LG Optimus Pad, the Acer Iconia and the HP TouchPad.